Steep fines: Del govt con­sult­ing stake­hold­ers

‘The govt is tak­ing feed­back from the stake­hold­ers and look­ing at how other states are mov­ing on it’

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern­ment wants to pro­vide respite to peo­ple from steeply hiked penal­ties un­der the amended Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act and will take a “con­scious” de­ci­sion on it, Trans­port Min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot said on Wed­nes­day. He said the govern­ment is tak­ing feed­back from the stake­hold­ers and look­ing at how other states are mov­ing on it.

“We are tak­ing feed­back from all stake­hold­ers. If need is felt that penal­ties should be re­duced we will take a con­scious call. We want to give respite to the peo­ple,” Gahlot said in a press con­fer­ence.

NEW DELHI: The Delhi govern­ment wants to pro­vide respite to peo­ple from steeply hiked penal­ties un­der the amended Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Act and will take a “con­scious” de­ci­sion on it, Trans­port Min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot said on Wed­nes­day.

He, how­ever, clar­i­fied the Delhi govern­ment is not mulling to “di­lute” the hiked penal­ties as of now.

The govern­ment is tak­ing feed­back from the stake­hold­ers and look­ing at how other states are mov­ing on it. It will soon take a “con­scious” call on it, Gahlot said at a press con­fer­ence.

To a ques­tion on hiked penal­ties, the min­is­ter said, “The govern­ment wants to give respite (to the peo­ple). But, the ar­eas where the (Delhi) gov

ern­ment has pow­ers have to be ex­am­ined. The Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act comes un­der the Cen­tral list and if the Union govern­ment makes any amend­ment, it pre­vails over the pow­ers of the state.”

“Though state gov­ern­ments have cer­tain dis­cre­tionary pow­ers to ease the penal­ties with re­spect to cer­tain of­fences as per the new Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act, as of now the Delhi govern­ment is not mulling to di­lute them since the strin­gent mea­sures are meant to en­sure road safety,” the min­is­ter said in a state­ment.

He said road safety is a ma­jor concern for the Delhi govern­ment and it is very se­ri­ous about the is­sue.

“We are closely ob­serv­ing the ini­tia­tives of other states as well as con­sult­ing with var­i­ous stake­hold­ers. At any stage, if the Delhi govern­ment is con­vinced about re­duc­ing penal­ties for cer­tain of­fences, we will do the need­ful,” Gahlot said.

There are around 61 of­fences un­der the amended Act, out of which 27 are those on which state gov­ern­ments have no say. How­ever, in the case of the re­main­ing 34 com­pound­able of­fences, the state gov­ern­ments can ex­er­cise their dis­cre­tion, he said.

The Delhi trans­port min­is­ter said his de­part­ment has taken sev­eral mea­sures to meet the heavy rush for ob­tain­ing pol­lu­tion un­der check (PUC) cer­tifi­cates.

“The ca­pac­ity of the server has been en­hanced from to­day so that it can process over 6,000 ap­pli­ca­tions for PUC cer­tifi­cates each which was around 3,200 per hour ear­lier,” Gahlot said.

The PUC cen­tres at Delhi Trans­port Cor­po­ra­tion (DTC) de­pots and ter­mi­nals have been kept open from 11 am till 7 pm, for cater­ing to pri­vate ve­hi­cles. The trans­port de­part­ment will also in­vite ap­pli­ca­tions for open­ing new PUC cen­tres. The num­ber of PUC cen­tres in the na­tional cap­i­tal now is 940, he said.

Ac­cord­ing to an of­fi­cial, af­ter the amended Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles Act come into force on Septem­ber 1, each day on an aver­age 50,000 ve­hi­cles un­dergo the test for a cer­tifi­cate of meet­ing emis­sion and pol­lu­tion con­trol norms now, against 10,000 to 12,000 ve­hi­cles vis­it­ing the test cen­tres be­fore the amended law, which hiked the penalty, came into force.

Civil De­fence vol­un­teers will be de­ployed at the PUC cen­tres for crowd man­age­ment and the Delhi govern­ment is keep­ing a tab on the these fa­cil­i­ties so that they do not in­dulge in any mal­prac­tice like over­charg­ing the ve­hi­cle own­ers, Gahlot said, adding two cen­tres have been sus­pended for mal­prac­tices.

The num­ber of ve­hi­cles in the city is over 1.10 crore, out of which 70 lakh ply on the city roads. Non BS-IV com­pli­ant ve­hi­cles need to get a PUC cer­tifi­cate af­ter ev­ery three months, while BS-IV stan­dard ones re­quire it ev­ery year.

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Trans­port Min­is­ter Kailash Gahlot dur­ing a press con­fer­ence

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